Art Shanty Projects is an artist driven temporary community exploring the ways in which relatively unregulated public spaces can be used as new and challenging artistic environments to expand notions of what art can be.

Our organization values artists, art in all communities, and the importance of interaction between the two. Through an array of artists receiving fair wages for their work, we broaden perceptions of art while maintaining respect for the environment and communities in which we work.

In May 2016, the Board and Staff took on the task of creating a cohesive vision for Art Shanty Projects to ensure: 

  1. Inclusivity and joy through strengthened relationships with key audiences, artists and partners.
  2. The right people and plans are in place to continually grow our collective knowledge, build reflection into improved processes, and celebrate success.
  3. High quality experiences that reflect our values for artists, audiences and the community.
  4. Broad attention and recognition in the field by developing and communicating our knowledge of creative placemaking and interactive public art.

Art Shanty Projects Vision Chart

Board Members

Art Shanty Projects trustees are guardians of the mission who ensure compliance with legal and financial requirements while also enforcing ethical guidelines. The purpose of the Board is to set general direction for and govern the organization in a manner that fosters positive relationships in the community. Member applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you are interested in becoming a board member, please send your resume, bio and interest form to admin@artshantyprojects.org.



David Pitman
Peter Haakon Thompson



Lacey Prpic Hedtke, Artistic Director

Marlaine Cox, Operations Director 


Julia Sisson - Chair
Artist, Financial Wellness Coach at EMERGE

Sara Shives- Treasurer
Freelance Theater and Event Producer, Production Manager at the Walker Art Center

Scot Nortrom

Jason Buranen
Security Engineer at
Check Point Software

Rob Courtney
Principal at
Fish & Richardson

Ilana Percher
PhD  Candidate in Physics at University of Minnesota, Artist

Rachelle Haroldson
Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Cali Mastny
Community Artist

Catherine Gadient
Weisman Art Museum and University
of Minnesota Master's student

Saulaman Schlegel
Artist and Installations Technician

Josh Tobiessen
Writer, Photographer, & Videographer







If you are interested in lending your expertise to our organization, please contact us for board, committee or volunteer opportunities.